Month in Geek: October 2010 Edition

By Akemi Iwaya on November 1st, 2010

Now that October is over and the trick-or-treating is finished, it is time to take a look back at our ten top articles for this past month.


Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

What is Cloud Computing and What Does This Stupid Buzzword Mean?

The other day a reader wrote in asking if cloud computing could help save his hard drive space, which made me realize that it’s time to talk about exactly what this moronic buzzword really means.


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Desktop Fun: Colors of Autumn Wallpaper Collection

Now that Autumn is in full gear for the northern hemisphere, we have a wonderful collection of Autumn themed wallpapers to make your desktop as beautiful as the season itself.


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How to Create a Shortcut That Nukes Every Running Windows App

Have you ever had dozens of application windows open and wanted to just close them all? There’s a bunch of freeware apps that will close them all for you, but you don’t need extra software—and here’s how to do it.


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What’s the Difference Between JPG, PNG, and GIF?

As we keep building on old image technology, types of file formats keep piling up, each with their own nuances and uses. JPG, PNG, and GIF have become the most common, but what sets them apart from each other?


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Today is 10/10/10 – the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Today is 10/10/10, but it’s even more than that. Today is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. How? Keep reading.


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The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC

You might not be ready to accept Linux as your desktop yet, but you can still use it to save your Windows PC—whether you need to reset passwords, recover deleted files, or scan for viruses, here’s how to do it.


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What’s the Difference Between HDMI and DVI? Which is Better?

Are you confused by the barrage of video cables available today?  Let’s take a look at the most important video cables today, HDMI and DVI, and see what’s the differences between the two.


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Make Your PC Shut Down at Night (But Only When You’re Not Using It)

If you normally like to power off your PC when you’re not using it, do you ever forget and leave it on? Here’s how to configure Windows to automatically power down at night, but only if you’re not using the PC at the time.


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Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop

While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you’re going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing. While this can be time consuming, you can save yourself a lot of time with a little Photoshop wizardry. Let’s take a look.


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HTG Explains: Why Do So Many Geeks Hate Internet Explorer?

It’s common knowledge that almost every single geek hates Internet Explorer with a passion, but have you ever wondered why? Let’s take a fair look at the history and where it all began… for posterity, if nothing else.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/1/10
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